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Phuket positions itself as 'retail therapy' destination

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A big increase in Chinese and Russian tourists has transformed the popular resort island of Phuket into a shopping destination. 

The two nationalities accounted for 38% of arrivals to Phuket last year, while more than 3 million visitors from China and Russia visited Thailand as a whole.

A report by the consultancy C9 Hotelworks said the largest spending by tourists in Phuket was for accommodation (30%), followed by shopping (24%).

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